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Celtic tunes featured at Scottish Fest

The Prosser Scottish Fest & Highland Games is June 19 at the Port of Benton Wine and Food Park in Prosser.

The annual event features lively Celtic music and entertainment, including Tri-City-based Skweez the Weezle, An Daire Academy of Irish Dancers and Desert Thistle Pipe Band, along with the River City Pipe Band from Portland and the Shadle Park High School Pipe Band from Spokane.

Headlining the event is Ockham's Razor, a Seattle Irish/Celtic rock band that blends rock, bluegrass, gypsy, classical, pop and punk influences into its repertoire.

And there's a lot more than music going on.

There's a parade of Tartans, plus competitions such as the caber toss, sheaf toss, Braemar stone, hammer throw, weight throw for distance and weight for height, as well as a firefighter's challenge competition and dog-training demonstration.

More than 30 regionally, nationally and internationally ranked athletes will compete in individual events and overall champion titles, said Ellen Bentley, an organizer for the games.

The festival reflects on the past as well as the future in Highland dance, heavy athletic competition and Celtic music.

There also will be demonstrations on techniques of taking wool from sheep for cloth.

Gates open at 8:30 a.m. with dance competitions beginning at 9 a.m. and music and athletic contests throughout the day.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students age 5 to 12. Kids 4 and younger are free. Parking also is free.

The Wine and Food Park is off Interstate 82 at Exit 82. Just watch for the signs and lots of balloons.

More information about the festival is online at http://tourprosser.com.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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